Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Blog Tour (Review): A Triple Knot by Emma Campion


Title: A Triple Knot
Emma Campion
Publisher: Broadway Books (Random House)
Paperback Release Date: July 8, 2014
Acquired Via:
TLC Book Tours

The critically acclaimed author of The King’s Mistress brings another fascinating woman from history to life in an enthralling story of political intrigue, personal tragedy, and illicit love.

Joan of Kent, renowned beauty and cousin to King Edward III, is destined for a politically strategic marriage. As the king begins a long dynastic struggle to claim the crown of France, plunging England into the Hundred Years’ War, he negotiates her betrothal to a potential ally and heir of a powerful lordship.

But Joan, haunted by nightmares of her father’s execution at the hands of her treacherous royal kin, fears the king’s selection and is not resigned to her fate. She secretly pledges herself to one of the king’s own knights, one who has become a trusted friend and protector. Now she must defend her vow as the king—furious at Joan’s defiance—prepares to marry her off to another man.

In A Triple Knot, Emma Campion brings Joan, the “Fair Maid of Kent” to glorious life, deftly weaving details of King Edward III’s extravagant court into a rich and emotionally resonant tale of intrigue, love, and betrayal.

Praise for A Triple Knot

“A colorful and historically detailed saga.” — The Seattle Times

“A well-written, comprehensive view of the period in which women were marginalized, their glittery, gem-laden gowns reflecting the corruption of the times.” — Historical Novels Review

“A medieval lover’s dream novel.” — RT Book Reviews

My Review

I'll be honest - most of my historical fiction reading that romance-related (I refuse to label intelligent books such as these "historical romance") has been set later in the Medieval period. *cough*Tudor*cough* Because of this, A Triple Knot was a piece of history that was fresh to me and left me feeling smarter...erm...more educated.

One of the best things about A Triple Knot is that the characters in the novel did not behave based on our modern standards and ideals. They were realistic to the time period. Yes, Joan married secretly and was married to someone else by her family, but way of handling it was appropriate to the time period. There was a scene where a man rubbed her feet, and she lost her shit. Things were conservative back then, so that reaction was fitting.

A Triple Knot does have quite a bit of romance, despite my not wanting to call it a historical romance. Joan marries a lover, is wed to someone else against her will, and THEN gets with her cousin. Drama, drama, drama. And of course, the intrigue and scandal is the best part.

A Triple Knot was fantastic read, and Emma Campion is definitely an author whose book I'll be picking up in the future.

- 4/5 Stars -

Buy Links
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Books-A-Million | Fishpond

About the Author

Emma Campion is the author of The King's Mistress and, writing as Candace Robb, author of the internationally acclaimed Owen Archer crime series. She lives in Seattle.

Website | Blog | Goodreads

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A Triple Knot Tour Schedule

Monday, June 30th
Broken Teepee

Wednesday, July 2nd
Daily Mayo

Monday, July 7th
Fiction Addict

Tuesday, July 8th
Kritter’s Ramblings

Wednesday, July 9th
Peeking Between the Pages

Thursday, July 10th
A Bookish Affair

Friday, July 11th
Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Monday, July 14th
Book Addict Katie

Tuesday, July 15th
From L.A. to LA

Wednesday, July 16th
 No More Grumpy Bookseller

Tuesday, July 22nd
Time 2 Read

Wednesday, July 23rd
Passages to the Past - author interview

Thursday, July 24th
Historical Fiction Notebook

Monday, July 28th
Literally Jen

Tuesday, July 29th
Bibliophilia, Please

Wednesday, July 30th
100 Pages a Day…. Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
The Most Happy Reader
Ageless Pages Reviews
Unabridged Chick

To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received a copy of the novel from the publisher through TLC Book Tours in exchange for an unbiased review. It has in no way affected the outcome. All expressed opinions are awesome, honest, and completely my own.

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Own The Most Books From


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From
This one was pretty hard to figure out because a lot of my books are packed in boxes as I live in an apartment with only one bookcase, and I don't mark books as "owned" on Goodreads consistently. Also, my most read authors list doesn't necessarily correspond because I borrow most of the books I read from the library.

1. R.L. Stine
Over 50 Books

I think I own almost all of the 62 books in the original series of Goosebumps. I also own some of the spin-off series like Give Yourself Goosebumps. Apparently I was an obsessive reader even as a child.

2. Nora Roberts a.k.a. J.D. Robb
Over 30 Books

I've read through around 30 of the J.D. Robb series, In Death, and I own most of them as the library didn't have all of them, and I love Susan Ericksen's narration. I also pick up a lot of Roberts' books whenever I see them on sale at Audible or at book sales so there is really no telling how many are stashed in boxes somewhere.

3. Katherine Applegate
Less Than 20 Books

My Animorphs books are in storage with my Goosebumps, but I think I have the first 15 to 20 of the series.

4. Charlaine Harris
Around 15 Books

I own the complete Sookie Stackhouse series, but I also own a few of one of her other series, Harper Connelly.

5. Catherine Coulter
At least 10 Books

When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with the FBI (I still have dreams of being a special agent some day). I picked up the first 8 or so of Coulter's FBI Thriller series at a used bookstore. I also own a random assortment of Coulter's historicals.

6. Kresley Cole
10 Books

The library only had the first book in Cole's Immortals After Dark series, and it's pretty much crack, so of course I had to read the rest. The library has since ordered the rest, so I didn’t have to buy the last one.

7. Morgan Rice
8 Books

I actually haven't read any of the books in The Sorcerer's Ring series but strangely one by one they have gone on sale for free at Amazon so I keep downloading them. I just downloaded the ninth one this week, so I'm expecting the tenth one to go on sale soon. It soothes my OCD to have the complete set, even though I haven't read any of them yet.

8. Courtney Milan
8 Books

Author of some of the best historical fictions series including the Brothers Sinister and Turner series.

9. Jane Austen
At Least 7 Books

Does owning the same book in multiple formats count? I own Pride and Prejudice in ebook, audiobook, paperback and 2 hardbacks. Otherwise I have 6 of her other novels in one version or other.

10. Sarah MacLean
6 Books

Another great historical fiction author with series including Love By Numbers and The Rules of Scoundrels.

Which Authors Do You Own the Most Books From?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Early Review: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

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Title: Salt & Storm
Kendall Kulper
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Hachette)
Acquired Via: Around the World ARC Tours
Release Date: September 23, 2014

A sweeping historical romance about a witch who foresees her own murder--and the one boy who can help change her future.

Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island's whalers safe at sea, but her mother has forced her into a magic-free world of proper manners and respectability. When Avery dreams she's to be murdered, she knows time is running out to unlock her magic and save herself.

Avery finds an unexpected ally in a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane--a sailor with magic of his own, who moves Avery in ways she never expected. Becoming a witch might stop her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers her magic requires a sacrifice she never prepared for.

My Review

It's been a while since I've been well and truly surprised by a book, but Kendall Kulper pulled it off with her debut novel, Salt & Storm. There were issues that I had with the execution, but the style and symbolism were almost flawless. Though parts of Salt & Storm were difficult to read, those gritty parts lent credibility to the portrayal of the whaling industry.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Review: This is Sarah by Ally Malinenko

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Title: This is Sarah
Ally Malinenko
Publisher: BookFish Books
Acquired Via: Author
Release Date: July 3, 2014

When Colin Leventhal leaned out his bedroom window on the night of May 12th and said goodbye to his girlfriend, he never expected it would be forever. But when Sarah Evans goes missing that night, Colin's world unravels as he transforms from the boyfriend next door to the main police suspect. Then one year later, at her memorial service, Colin makes a phone call that could change everything. Is it possible that Sarah is still alive? And if so, how far will he go to bring her back?

As Colin struggles with this possibility, across the street, Sarah’s little sister, Claire learns how to navigate the strange new landscape of life without her sister. While her parents fall apart, Claire remains determined to keep going, even if it kills her.

This is Sarah serves as a meditation on loss, love, and what it means to say goodbye.

My Review

I liked that Malinenko started off This is Sarah with the phone call that possibly means that Sarah is still alive. It gave me hope throughout the book that everything was going to be okay, which is a testament to Malinenko's writing. I still have a hard time with characters dying in books, so I wanted to believe that Sarah was still alive.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Review: The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan

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Title: The Suffragette Scandal (Brothers Sinister #4)
Courtney Milan
Publisher: Self
Acquired Via: NetGalley
Release Date: July 15, 2014

An idealistic suffragette...

Miss Frederica "Free" Marshall has put her heart and soul into her newspaper, known for its outspoken support of women's rights. Naturally, her enemies are intent on destroying her business and silencing her for good. Free refuses to be at the end of her rope...but she needs more rope, and she needs it now.

...a jaded scoundrel...

Edward Clark's aristocratic family abandoned him to die in a war-torn land, so he survived the only way he could: by becoming a rogue and a first-class forger. When the same family that left him for dead vows to ruin Miss Marshall, he offers his help. So what if he has to lie to her? She's only a pawn to use in his revenge.

...and a scandal seven years in the making.

But the irrepressible Miss Marshall soon enchants Edward. By the time he realizes that his cynical heart is hers, it's too late. The only way to thwart her enemies is to reveal his scandalous past...and once the woman he loves realizes how much he's lied to her, he'll lose her forever.

My Review

It’s no secret that I adore Courtney Milan’s books, and Free has probably been my favorite side character throughout the Brothers Sinister series. I was so excited when I found out that she was going to be the next and last book in the series.

Milan writes awesome heroines because they are intelligent and capable, and Free is one of the most capable of the bunch. Edward was the perfect match for Free, even though he did not believe it. Edward believes that he is a scoundrel, but he is back in England to help his best friend’s little brother out of a jam. At the center of that jam is Free. It was wonderful watching Edward try to scoundrel his way into helping Free. Free would not be bullied or blackmailed, and Edward was charmed by Free’s cleverness and idealism. My favorite kind of romantic hero is the one that believes he is a bad man, but who does bad things for good reasons, and finds redemption in the heroine. Edward finds something to believe in when he finds Free.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Review: Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater


Title: Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5)
Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic
Acquired Via: ALA Las Vegas
Release Date: July 1, 2014

Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver trilogy.


Cole St. Clair has come to California for one reason: to get Isabel Culpeper back. She fled from his damaged, drained life, and damaged and drained it even more. He doesn't just want her. He needs her.


Isabel is trying to build herself a life in Los Angeles. It's not really working. She can play the game as well as all the other fakes. But what's the point? What is there to win?


Cole and Isabel share a past that never seemed to have a future. They have the power to love each other and the power to tear each other apart. The only thing for certain is that they cannot let go.

My Review

I loved Stiefvater’s first book in The Wolves of Mercy Falls, Shiver, but was extremely disappointed in how she ended the series in Forever. I thought I would never read anything else by her until I read, and fell in love with, The Scorpio Races. I wasn't sure if I would read Sinner until Kayla awesomely scored me an ARC, and I held it in my hands.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Blog Tour (Review): Survivor: Blackout by Peter Anderson #BasteiEntertainment

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Title: Survivor: Blackout
Peter Anderson & Peter Millar (Translator)
Publisher: Bastei Lübbe
Acquired Via: JKS Communications
First Episode: July 21, 2014
Last Episode: October 6, 2014

SURVIVOR: A digital serial novel in 12 episodes.

Episode 1.

The year is 2012. In CERN, the huge research facility near Geneva, Switzerland, a crucial experiment is reaching its final stage. Its objective: to send a manned space probe to a distant planet, in order to find a cure for Earth's dwindling mineral resources. But then, something unforeseen happens. Lost in an unknown place, the crew of the SURVIVOR is revived from a deep-freeze sleep. Three of its members have no recollection of how they've got on board. The fourth, Commander Ryan Nash, remembers it all - but can he trust his memories? They soon realize that the power of their ship is exhausted, the air is growing stale. And that someone is trying to breach the ship's hull from the outside ...

My Review

Okay, I may not have been sold on serials before, but I can now definitely understand why it works after reading Peter Anderson's Survivor: Blackout (the first episode in the series). Not only did it keep me on the edge of my seat and leave me wanting more, but it's going to keep me coming back and spending money to find out what happens after the To Be Continued...

*screams in frustration*